This is rare: a quick ‘n’ easy review of a single wine, divorced from my rants on coffee or family reminiscences or comparisons to women.
I went down to Chronicle Wine Cellar on the corner of California and Lake. (I have a Yelp review of this place here.) I love Chronicle Wine Cellar because it’s so small and unpretentious–it’s on the bottom floor of a rundown apartment building, for God’s sake! They also offer a very good selection of wines at dirt-cheap prices.
I spent all of $22.47 on three wines: the one I am drinking now is the “Sedna” malbec from Flavio Senetiner.
I had selected a sparkling wine (for the ladies) and a rosé (because of the heat) and wanted to get a smooth-drinking, easy red to round out my trio. It was either between a shiraz from Australia or this malbec. Both were at the crazy price of $5.95.
I selected the malbec for the maybe fallacious reason that Argentina wines are generally cheaper as a whole than Australian wines–thus, I had more of a chance of finding a decent, cheap Argentinean wine than a decent, cheap Australian wine.
Great nose: smells spicy and red. Doesn’t really taste like any other malbec I’ve ever had. In fact, it reminds me more of a Languedoc wine–something like l’Esprit du Silene with its blend of syrah, grenache, and cinsault–because it seems rustic and earthy. I can taste the garrigue in this wine, with leather and spice and a slight taste of persimmon.
Granted, there ARE malbec characteristics of cherry and berries–it seemed a bit rounder and softer than anything from the Languedoc, too.
From the Chronicle Wine Cellar website: “Here is our choice for your fruit driven lighter red. Smooth and easy drinking with some lovely Malbec qualities. David likes it with a bit of a chill , easy to enjoy no matter how you want to serve it. From Mendoza, Argentina.”
Overall, a great choice and a steal for $5.95. I will update this post after pairing the wine with tonight’s dinner: marinated kalbi, or Korean barbeque.